The next Commodore’s Cup and Mosquito Passage day is coming up fast! ( Saturday 22 November, 1200 hrs). It’s agreat day to participate in if you are new to sailing and wish to give it a go.
Both events are a Pursuit Start. A pursuit handicap start means that the smaller or slower boats will start first, and then the faster, larger boats will start thereafter. This is done so that all participants will finish roughly at the same time. Handicaps are applied at the start of the race with boats being allocated their ‘handicap starting time’ and crossing the start line when their number is displayed from the Committee Vessel. Remember to sync your clocks by dialling 1194 (Telstra time)
Division allocation, handicaps and start times will be available at the sailing office Saturday morning, before the race.The Commodore’s Cup Series has 2 divisions flying spinnakers. Division 1 - Blue Flag and Division 2 - Green Flag. Note that Commodore’s Cup is a spinnaker race.
The Mosquito Passage sailing event is a single division that commences at the same time as Commodore’s Cup; boats will be allocated a pursuit starting handicap. Again, a boat's starting handicap will be available at the sailing office Saturday morning, before the race, those sailing in the Mosquito Passage will be flying a white flag.
This race differs from Commodore’s Cup as there are no spinnakers involved and it is also the only race in the RPAYC calendar that allows you to race with an anchor present on the bow of your boat. The benefit of this is that you don’t need to move a heavy anchor just for a race and also, it leaves the option of cruising off after the sail.
Be sure to advise the sailing office of which event you would like to participate (Commodore’s Cup or Mosquito Passage) as it will affect your starting handicap
After the event, Halyards will be open for light snacks and drinks with live music from 1500 hrs. This is the second of the 5 events of the Commodore’s Cup and Mosquito Passage. Mosquito Passage does not run off a point score (Commodore’s Cup does). Each cruising race is awarded individually meaning that you don’t need to participate in every race to win a prize.